When people think of central air conditioning for a home, what usually comes to mind is what’s known as a split system, where an outdoor condenser connects to an indoor evaporator. The indoor unit sends cooled air into a ventilation system of ducts. The cool air travels through the ducts until it reaches the various room vents.
There’s another way to enjoy central cooling that doesn’t require ducts, and that’s with a ductless mini split system. These ACs have an outdoor unit that doesn’t connect to a central indoor evaporator, but instead to a series of small air handlers mounted on the walls of rooms. Each air handler has a blower and refrigerant coil so it can send cooled air straight into the room.
Why you might want to have a ductless mini split system installed
- It saves energy: Ductless air conditioning consumes less power overall than standard ducted systems. This is because ductless ACs use smaller mechanical parts, such as motors, and they don’t gain heat through duct walls that reduces their efficiency.
- It offers zone control: When a standard central air conditioner turns on, cool air flows to every room in the house, which is wasteful when some of those rooms are empty. With a ductless system, you can turn off air handlers in rooms that don’t need cooling.
- It’s great for new construction or remodeling: If you’re building a new home or remodeling your current one, a ductless system helps you save space. You no longer have to worry about finding room for the ducts.
- It can improve air quality: Ducts are a major source of the build-up of dust and other debris. When the AC comes on, this accumulation of unhealthy particles will get blown out into the house. Ductless systems don’t have this problem, and can be very beneficial for homes with people who have suffer from allergies or asthma.
If you’re interested in ductless systems, call Freedom Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN.